U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio attacked the Obama administration’s foreign policy on Wednesday a feckless toward the United States’ friends and emboldening the countries enemies.
In a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Rubio said five years of Obama have left foreign friends in “fear of losing American leadership.”
“This administration lacks a vision for our role in the world,” Rubio said.
The Florida Republican, widely viewed as a potential GOP presidential possibility in 2016, cited the White House reluctance to support Iranians demonstrating against the election of President Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad, which the Iranian government proclaimed by a landslide but protesters charged was stolen. While they were tear-gassed and shot in the streets of Tehran, “the president hesitated to offer any words of support,” Rubio said.
He also cited President Obama’s handling of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, where “chaos replaced tyranny, and four Americans, including our ambassador, were murdered with impunity.”
When the 2-year-old Syrian civil war became an international issue with the use of chemical weapons, Rubio said, Obama “was unable to rally the nation to support military action.”
After successive foreign policy tactical failures caused by the lack of a “clear strategic foreign policy,” Rubio said, “the results have been devastating.”
“Our closest allies in the region are now openly questioning the value of our friendship,” he said.
The Obama criticisms were a prelude to Rubio’s own foreign policy vision, which he said needs to reassert itself, not just militarily but with greater political and economic engagements.
Since the 2008 hope-and-change malarkey, and that shameful trip to Berlin where hundreds of thousands of Germans cheered for a guy who was getting elected to lead someone else’s country, the world taken not of Obama’s weaknesses.
That, Rubio said, is posing a danger for the future.
“History has proven time and again that when a powerful nation loses or abandons its role in the world, it leaves behind a vacuum that other nations will rush to fill,” he said.
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